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Criminal Justice Committee Continues Discussing Bail Reform

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Cortland County’s Criminal Justice Proposal Committee meets today (September 26), where they’ll continue discussions on state bail reform, as well as the potential of hiring a criminal justice coordinator.

The bail reform talks will include an analysis of how the state’s mandated changes would affect the population of the Cortland County Jail.

Back in April 2019, Gov. Cuomo signed into law new sweeping criminal justice laws that restrict the use of cash bail and put an end to pretrial detention.

Additionally, the new state legislation overhauls rules governing the sharing of evidence and strengthens measures intended to ensure a defendant’s right to a speedy trial.

Part of the Criminal Justice Committee’s responsibility is to oversee the county’s transition in implementing these measures once they’re officially enacted in January 2020.

Today will also follow up on a presentation from last meeting by Tompkins County Criminal Justice Coordinator David Sanders about the benefits of hiring such a position.

The meeting is set for 2 p.m.

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